NETBALL Super seven wins on spin for Team Bath

Layla Guscoth 16 credit Morgan HarlowUnbeaten Team Bath Netball soared to the Superleague summit with their seventh win on the spin 47-36 over Strathclyde Sirens.

Fresh from Sunday’s 50-30 success against Surrey Storm, the Blue & Gold faced a tough test against an impressive Sirens side who showed the form that has put them just outside the top four this season.

A terrific match saw Team Bath open up eight-goal leads during the second and third quarters but have those advantages cut both times as Sirens fought relentlessly, and it wasn’t until the closing stages that Anna Stembridge’s side were finally able to edge away from their obdurate opponents.

Bath head coach Stembridge said: “Sirens have been playing some brilliant netball and they caused us headaches at times but I really felt like we brought it tonight, we loved it and it was a brilliant game. We had to show a bit of grit and I’m really pleased to come away with the win.”

Player of the match Serena Guthrie added: “We knew it was going to be hard and I’m super-proud of the team’s performance. There are no easy games and some of the scorelines we’ve had may look big but that’s been down to good passages of play. Today we didn’t get as many long passages as we’ve had before and you’d expect nothing less against Sirens, they’re a fantastic team.

“We’re top but we’ve got such a long way to go in this competition and we’re not getting carried away.”

Defence versus attack, Layla Guscoth versus Emma Barrie, Team Bath versus Strathclyde Sirens action image MORGAN HARLOW 


Stat attack

Quarter scores (Team Bath first) Q1 11-8; Q2 22-18 (11-10); Q3 34-29 (12-11). Q4 47-36 (13-7)

Team Bath Netball starting 7 GS Kim Borger, GA Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, WA Rachel Shaw, C Serena Guthrie, WD Imogen Allison, GD Layla Guscoth, GK Eboni Usoro-Brown. Replacements: Summer Artman, Tash Pavelin, Abi Robson, Jess Shaw, Betsy Creak.

Changes Q4: Pavelin – bench to GD; Guscoth GD to bench.

Strathclyde Sirens starting 7 GS Emma Barrie, GA Bethan Goodwin, WA Bethany Dix, C Gia Abernathy, WD Taylor Cullen, GD Emily Nicholl, GK Towera Vinkhumbo. Replacements: Niamh McCall, Nicola McCleery.

Changes Q3: McCall – bench to GA; Goodwin GA to bench; Dix – WA to C; McCleery – bench to WA; Abernathy – C to bench.

SWSN Star Serena Guthrie

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